Category Archives: money out of politics

Buy Senator Ernst’s Vote

A gofundme page has sprung up to try to outbid DeVos for Ernst’s vote: Betsy DeVos gave* $2,600 to Sen. Joni Ernst, whose vote is now pivotal inDeVos’s nomination fight (If one more Republican commits to vote “no” DeVos loses). … Continue reading

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ALEC Convention Ends; As Usual No Reports

Rest assured that most of us are screwed. ALEC ended what should be by any measure an illegal gathering of businesses and state legislators in Washington DC Friday. Even though this is a meeting where legislators are conducting business of … Continue reading

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Plasma Sales And Iowa Politics

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was written for On Our Own: Sustainability in a Turbulent World in 2013 and has been corrected and updated). The Cumulus radio station in Cedar Rapids was advertising how a person could earn up to $340 … Continue reading

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Dark Money Is Warping Democracy But Not How You Think

The Brennan Center for Justice published a report on the impact of “dark money” and “gray money on democracy.  They say “gray money” is a new phenomenon they have identified which has surged in state and local elections.  Click on … Continue reading

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Inequality

The past two weeks have been simply startling at how those with wealth have been both evading taxes while hoarding money in almost unimaginable amounts in offshore tax havens. At the same time we have corporations doing all sorts of … Continue reading

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Joni Ernst And The Koch Brothers

A true tale with foreboding for the 2016 election. From politico.com comes the story of how Joni Ernst became the darling of the Koch brothers and how they disguise their involvement through layers of operatives: Until now, little has been … Continue reading

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David Young’s Legislative Agenda Pre-Approved by Washington Republicans in Exchange for Campaign Cash‏

September 16, 2015 Contact: Josh Levitt jlevitt@iowademocrats.org Young’s Shady Deal with the National Republican Campaign Committee Raises Serious Ethical Questions DES MOINES – Congressman David Young claims to be working for the people of Iowa, but it’s crystal clear he’s … Continue reading

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Are Pentagon Contractors Driving U.S. Foreign Policy?

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005 and expert in foreign policy and national security affairs, will speak on the excessive political influence of Pentagon contractors on U.S. foreign … Continue reading

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Loebsack Introduces Legislation To Prohibit Ex-Congress Members From Becoming Lobbyists

In an editorial published in Quad City Times June 22, Congressman Dave Loebsack announced that he has joined with fellow Congress member David Cicilline from Rhode Island to introduce legislature that would bar former members of congress from becoming lobbyists … Continue reading

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Republican Brand Has A Bad Week

It almost feels as if the people of Iowa were strung along in a little show of political theater around school funding. Republicans can now go back to their districts and claim that they were all about not spending money … Continue reading

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